Which SEC Teams Are a Threat to Alabama's Lead for 4-Star DT Charles Mosley?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIApril 11, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

4-star defensive tackle Charles Mosley has massive potential and the Alabama Crimson Tide reportedly stand out as his favorite so far, but there are a few other SEC teams that could challenge Nick Saban and company for the 6'4'', 357-pound stud.

That's right folks, Mosley checks in at 357 pounds as a defensive tackle. He's ranked as the No. 15 defensive tackle in the 2014 class and is the No. 5 player from the state of Tennessee, both according to the 247Sports Composite.

At his size, he projects to be a very good nose tackle or 0-techique in the 3-4 defense, which is Alabama's base. According to Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com, the Crimson Tide are currently the team that stands out in regards to his top three:

After the visit, Mosley says his top three consists of Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee, and the Tide still have the advantage for now. He also likes both Auburn and Georgia, but he hasn’t visited either school yet. 

Mosley plans to visit Ole Miss this Saturday for its spring game. The following weekend, he’s still deciding whether to take in Tennessee’s spring game or return to Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s spring game. He wants to make a verbal commitment in the fall.

Do you notice a pattern in regards to Mosley's commitment?

If you guessed the letters S-E-C, you would be very much correct. It looks as if Mosley is an SEC recruit, through and through, and at his size, he fits the physical and dominant nature of college football's best conference perfectly.

Alabama is the leader, and rightfully so, but keep an eye out for Ole Miss, and especially Tennessee.

For all intents and purposes, Tennessee is the Ole Miss of the 2014 recruiting cycle right now. Last cycle, Hugh Freeze and the Rebels went out and shocked the recruiting world by bringing in one of the better classes in the country, featuring No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche, 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, 5-star safety Tony Conner and 5-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

Much of Ole Miss' recruiting success can be attributed to the hype that was built around the program on the recruiting trail, and much of that can be attributed to big-time prospects like Nkemdiche and Treadwell showing interest in the program.

The same could be said of Tennessee this year. Butch Jones is building positive momentum and hype around the program, and the Volunteers are arguably the hottest program on the 2014 recruiting trail. 5-star Jalen Hurd is the star recruit so far, and overall the program seems to be trending in a noticeably positive direction under the leadership of Jones.

When you consider that Mosely is from Tennessee, the Volunteers have to be looked at as a major option for the 4-star defensive tackle.

The same could be said for Ole Miss, though, especially if the great recruiting pays off and Freeze's program makes major strides on the football field in 2013. After all, it may have been only one cycle, but we know that Freeze can out-recruit Alabama—just ask Tunsil.

I've learned to never count out Alabama in the race for a big-time recruit, so consider Saban's lead safe for now, but there's no doubt in my mind that both Tennessee and Ole Miss should be viewed as legitimate competition for Mosley's commitment.


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